Pre-PMA 2006: Fujifilm has unveiled the successor to the award-winning FinePix F10/F11, with the world's first digital compact camera to feature an ISO 3200 sensitivity at full resolution. The 6.3 megapixel FinePix F30 features the newly developed sixth generation Super CCD and Fujifilm’s groundbreaking Real Photo Processor II. The F30 also features a new ‘intelligent flash’ system which uses the camera’s sensitivity to combine natural foreground illumination with balanced exposure in the background.

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FinePix F30 Zoom: a low light landmark

Fujifilm’s revolutionary compact works in the light conditions that other cameras hate

After almost a decade of obsession with pixel counts, Fujifilm is proud to announce the launch of the FinePix F30 Zoom, a camera which confirms a new stage in the evolution of digital camera technology. Breaking away from the tired and irrelevant practice of pixel counting, the FinePix F30 Zoom is the world’s first digital compact camera to deliver ISO 3200 sensitivity at full resolution. Fujifilm has identified sensitivity as one of the major photographic benchmarks for the digital age, and this camera makes it possible to capture images of unrivalled quality, even in very dark conditions.

Building on the success of the award-winning FinePix F10 Zoom, the FinePix F30 Zoom pulls away from the pack with a sensitivity setting that is eight times as effective in low light as a conventional compact with ISO 400. The product of many years of accumulated expertise in sensor technology, this is the closest that any digital compact camera has come to approximating the remarkable sensitivity of the human eye. In practical terms, it is a breakthrough in delivering crisp images, even at night-time, or with fast-moving subjects.

Beneath its sleek exterior, the FinePix F30 Zoom boasts powerful technology that puts simple ‘style’ compacts to shame, with newly developed sixth generation Super CCD and Fujifilm’s groundbreaking Real Photo Processor II. Users are able to produce sharp images with minimal noise, no subject blurring and atmospheric lighting in dark conditions. While traditional film is no longer top of the agenda for some photographers, it is good to see that Fujifilm is maintaining the same forward-thinking attitude to its digital photographic quality.

The FinePix F30 Zoom showcases a new ‘intelligent flash’ system which uses the camera’s exceptional sensitivity to combine natural foreground illumination with balanced exposure in the background. Avoiding both the messy background blur of ‘slow-sync’ flash, and the stark contrast of conventional flash, this will bring your after-hours photography to life.

Thanks to its 500-shot battery life, the FinePix F30 is an indispensable compact for when photographers are out and about, with enough power to make sure you never miss out on capturing the action. The camera also uses xD-Picture Cards ™ which provide large storage capacity, fast write speeds and lower power consumption, further enhancing speed and efficiency for users.

The camera’s 2.5-inch LCD screen is coated with Fujifilm’s proprietary CV film, minimizing glare and reflections for enhanced ease of viewing. In addition, the FinePix F30 Zoom has 15 new scene positions from underwater, beach and snow, to sunset, party and fireworks. These make it easier than ever for users to experiment with photography in a range of lighting conditions.

FinePix F30 Zoom features at a glance

  • Real Photo Processor and new Super CCD HR VI
  • ISO 3200 sensitivity at full resolution
  • 6.3 million pixels
  • 3.0x optical zoom
  • Long-life battery (up to 500 shots)
  • VGA movie capture of 30 frames per second with sound
  • PictBridge ™ compatible for direct printing without a PC
  • Quick response times (0.01 second shutter lag and 1.4 second start-up)

Adrian Clarke, Fujifilm’s Director of Photo Products, said, “The FinePix F30 Zoom is quite simply a landmark digital camera. In the past, compacts could only really achieve good image quality in ideal light conditions – however the F30 Zoom is in its element in all light conditions. On top of that, our Real Photo Technology gives the camera the image quality that people associate with Fujifilm, as well as brisk performance, all wrapped in a design that is possibly our best yet.”

Availability & pricing

The FinePix F30 Zoom will be available from UK retailers in May 2006. Pricing and stockists will be announced nearer to the date of retail launch.

FinePix F30 Zoom specifications

Sensor

• 1/1.7 " Type CCD
• 6.3 million effective pixels

Image sizes • 2848 x 2136
• 3024 x 2016 (3:2)
• 2048 x 1536
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480
Movie clips • 640 x 480 @30fps
• 320 x 240 @30fps
• with Monoaural sound
File formats • JPEG (Exif 2.2)
• Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG)
• DPOF
Lens • 36-108mm equiv
• F2.8-5.0
• 3x optical zoom
Digital zoom up to 6.2x
Focus AF with Macro
AF area modes • Center
• Multi
Focus distance • Normal: 60cm-infinity
• Macro: 5cm (wide)
Metering 256- zone TTL
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
• ISO 3200
Shuttter speed 1/2000-15secs
Aperture F2.8-8
Modes • Auto
• Program AE
• Aperture Priority
• Shutter Priority
• Burst/Continuous
Scene modes

• Natural light
• Natural light with flash
• Portrait
• Landscape
• Sport
• Night
• Fireworks
• Sunset
• Snow
• Beach
• Underwater
• Museum
• Party
• Flower close-up
• Text

White balance • Auto
• Fine
• Shade
• Fluorescent light (Daylight)
• Fluorescent light (Warm white)
• Fluorescent light (Cool white)
• Incandescent light
Self timer 2 or 10secs
Continuous shooting 2.2fps max 3 images
Image parameters • Standard
• Chrome (vivid)
• B&W
Flash • Auto
• Intelligent flash mode
• Red eye reduction
• Forced flash
• Supressed flash
• Slow synch
• Red eye reduction & Slow synch
Viewfinder No
LCD monitor • 2.5-inch
• 230,000 pixels
• Anti-glare/low reflection
Connectivity • USB 2.0 high speed
• Video out
Print compliance PictBridge
Storage • 10MB internal memory
• xD-Picture Card
Power • NP-95 Li-ion battery
• AC adapter AC-5VC included
Weight (no batt) 155 g (5.5 oz)
Dimensions 92.7 x 56.7 x 27.8 mm (3.6 x 2.2 x 1.1 in)

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